With his IFC TV series Split Screen, creator and host John Pierson gave viewers an all-access pass into the idiosyncratic world of independent cinema. Originally aired in 1997, the magazine-format program highlighted America’s most buzzed about young filmmakers and the communities throughout the country that supported them. Since December, the Criterion Channel has been the exclusive home for Split Screen, debuting six half-hour-long installments on the service every six weeks. Today, we’re going live with the jam-packed fourth season of the show, and among the highlights are a profile of legendary character actor Lawrence Tierney, a rare 1970 short protest film, a poolside conversation with David O. Russell, and an encounter with the real Mr. Moviefone. In the clip above, excerpted from the fifth episode of the season, Pierson introduces us to the man behind that bygone telephone service's infamous voice: cofounder Russ Leatherman.
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In a short film now featured on the Criterion Channel, the German filmmaker interrogates our insatiable appetite for feline memes and what it says about our consumerist culture.
The Art of Lighting a Comedic Thriller
In the latest episode of Observations on Film Art, Professor Kristin Thompson explores how Ernst Lubitsch’s satirical masterpiece To Be or Not to Be employs a venerable cinematographic technique: three-point lighting.